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DiRT: Showdown

Racing to the front of our benchmark suite is our racing benchmark, DiRT: Showdown. DiRT: Showdown is based on the latest iteration of Codemasters’ EGO engine, which has continually evolved over the years to add more advanced rendering features. It was one of the first games to implement tessellation, and also one of the first games to implement a DirectCompute based forward-rendering compatible lighting system. At the same time as Codemasters is by far the most prevalent PC racing developers, it’s also a good proxy for some of the other racing games on the market like F1 and GRID.

DiRT: Showdown - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Adv. Lighting

DiRT: Showdown - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + 4xMSAA

DiRT: Showdown - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality

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  • bebimbap - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    would it be wrong of me to wait for the 7790 ghz ed? Reply
  • SithSolo1 - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    There will be no GE of this card.

    Quote - "The Radeon HD 7790 runs at 1GHz, but is not going to be called a "GHz Edition" anymore. AMD feels that they have made the point about having 1GHz edition GPUs in the market in 2012, and did not feel a need to label this new one a GHz Edition. Therefore, it will just be known as Radeon HD 7790." - Brent @ HardOCP, Asus DCUII 7790 review
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  • SithSolo1 - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    Before someone gets confused, I'm not Brent. I just happened to read the review a bit ago and remembered that part about the Ghz Edition. Reply
  • Hardcore69 - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    Don't see a point. As a PC gamer I want it all, not some laughably compromised card - just over 30FPS (if that) at 1080p with the settings turned up? What's the point, just buy a console. I'll stick with my 680. Reply
  • cyan1d3 - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    While I agree with your sentiment, this card was not designed with us in mind, there is a large portion of people on budgets, who can't go ahead and blow ~$450 on a graphics card. There is also a large portion of people who see no need to play games at Ultra with high AA, etc.

    This card is a great line-up filler. I can see a use for this in a variety of budget gaming systems.
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  • R3MF - Monday, March 25, 2013 - link

    agreed.

    i spent £400 on an MSI 7970 Lightning, but not everyone is that stupid! :D
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  • evonitzer - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    Well with a name like Hardcore69, of course you would want the best of the best of the best (with honors). But I'm a casual PC gamer, so this card looks pretty great to me. My 4870 is getting a little (ok, very) long in the tooth. Why would I buy a console and pay full price for games, only use a controller, and have to pay a monthly fee (x360) just to play casually when I could pick up a $150 card and drop it into my computer? Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, March 24, 2013 - link

    His point wasn't your pathetic budget, his point was the graphics suck like a console.
    Just keep the 4870, it sucks too.
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  • I am as mad as hell - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link

    The day will come, in the not so distant future, that 700W PS requirements or higher for high-end gaming machines will come to an end (thankfully). And the whole system will not consume more than 100W and fits inside a mATX case or smaller (and no need for Godzilla size cooling fans anymore either). Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, March 24, 2013 - link

    It's called Haswell. Reply

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